Behavioral Safety Is Actively Caring For People

Actively Caring For People. What? Hear what Behavioral Safety has become.

Dr. E. Scott Geller

In this podcast, we talk with Dr. E. Scott Geller, a professor at Virginia Tech’s Department of Psychology and a partner at Safety Performance Solutions. Dr. Geller is THE go-to expert on how psychology relates to safety.

For the first time safety manager or a seasoned pro wanting to modernize their safety program, Dr. Geller is an excellent source of information and enthusiasm.

Dr. Geller takes us through Behavioral Safety in the 1970s, People Based Safety, and finally Actively Caring For People (AC4P).

Dr. Geller explains wBehavioral_Safety_Is_Actively_Caring_For_People-Creative_Safety_Supply-250x394hat AC4P has in common with continuous improvement programs such as lean, 5S and Six Sigma.

Dr. Geller recommends that workers observe each other and when they see something, say something. Co-workers observing each other could be a recipe for conflict. If a worker sees something, a good opening line is “Hey, can I look out for your safety?”

Two of Dr. Geller’s books are mentioned in this podcast:

“Actively Caring for People: Cultivating a Culture of Compassion” (2014) Link here.

“Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People” from Cambridge University Press (to be released February 28, 2016) Behavioral_Safety_Is_Actively_Caring_For_People-Creative_Safety_Supply-250x397Link here.

Listeners will be interested in Dr. Geller’s 19th People Based Safety Conference Aug. 16-18, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia. More info at Mention this podcast, Safety Experts Talk, to receive a $50 discount on registration with this form.

If you would like Dr. Geller to speak at your event, contact him through his website,

The TEDx Talk Dr. Geller mentions in the podcast is below. It’s 15 minutes long and free:

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Dr. Geller photos © ℗ 2016 Safety Performance Solutions; Dr. Geller and class photo © ℗ 2010 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Applied Psychology book image © ℗ 2016 Cambridge University Press / Dr. E. Scott Geller; Actively Caring For People book image © ℗ 2012 Make-A-Difference, LLC / Dr. E. Scott Geller

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